Jeana Lindo, a photography student at Parsons School of Design, seeks to capture the carefree black girl with her recent project Elegant Black Ladies. According to an article written by Patrice Peck for okayafrica.com, the project aims to reclaim conventional images of black femininity and suffering by studying the carefree black girl.
“While stories of our pain are essential to our identiy, pain is not our identity. The world may attack black women, but still we remain smiling, laughing, and carefree because we are stronger than any forces against us. Images of the Carefree Black Girl say ‘I am here and thriving no matter what you throw at me.” — Jeana Lindo
Lindo’s photo’s feature spirited women with natural hair sitting down and chatting, swinging from trees with glee, and laughing genuinely. Lindo stated that her Elegant Black Ladies project was more about the inner beauty of the black girl and less about objectifying her. Her project aimed to combat the idea of the suffering black woman and promote the idea of black women simply being human beings.
“My pictures are about black women re-establishing ownership of their bodies. It is about seeing black women as whole human beings, not just body parts” — Jean Lindo
Not only was the carefree black girl the premise for Lindo’s photography project, but it also turned into a hashtag and went viral. Under the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, you’ll find thousands of black women being true to themselves and loving the skin they’re in – unapologetically.
If you’d like to purchase Jeana Lindo’s book Elegant Black Ladies, go to www.magcloud.com
Ladies, what do you think of the photo project?